How to Remove the Upper Kitchen Cabinets

Once you have decided to update the kitchen, replacing kitchen cabinets could be at the top of the list.
Removing old cabinets as a home project will save money for the homeowners. More money can be saved by using the old cupboards as a template and building new cupboards yourself. Whether you decide to finish the renovation yourself, or turn it over to a professional, an updated kitchen will add style and value to a home.

Step 1

Remove all doors from cabinet fronts. Save the hinges and screws in a plastic bag if they will be used again.

Step 2

Remove all shelving from inside the cabinets.

Step 3

Remove screws from side panels that connect adjoining cabinets. Disconnecting cabinets reduces the weight when lifting from the wall.

Step 4

Place blocks, or some form of support, under the cabinet. Use the support to set the cabinet on as it releases from the wall. Place the support as close to the bottom of the cabinet as possible.

Step 5

Remove the screws that hold the cabinet to the wall. Use the help of a second person to lower and balance the cabinet on the support. If nails are holding the cabinet to the wall, use a prying bar to loosen the nails. Use the claw end of a hammer to pull the nails out. Prevent damage to the wall by placing a thin board under the prying bar.

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Prying bar
  • Hammer


  • Attempting to lift and remove cabinets alone could result in an injury.

About the Author

Emma Lee owns a photography website and also works as a freelance writer specializing in home improvement, animals and photography. Her work can be found on various websites. Lee attended Charles County Community College located in Maryland.